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Although this site’s primary reason for existance is to provide free instruction on building props and effects, we still have to make a living and buy parts to build the next “free How-To”.   All proceeds from purchases made within this store go towards future prop building materials, so its a great “circle of Halloween life” type situation. (last updated 9/8/16)

Prop Building Books

 dcpb1 DC Prop Builders Handbook
(Volume 1)The DC Prop Builders Handbook is 135 pages of highly detailed prop building instructions, including tons of pictures and diagrams to aid you in the construction of 22 of our prop designs. The designs included in this book are: The Skeletal Organist, Pipe Organ, Stump Jumper, Rocking Chair, two Coffins, Ghost Heads, Pneumatic lifter,Pneumatic Extender, and many more.The book also has a section onbasic pneumatics to guide you on your way to create your own (pneumatically driven) Devious Concoctions.Price $40.00 (free shipping)

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DC Prop Builders Handbook
(Volume 2)The Second DC Prop Builders Handbook is the newest addition to the DC Prop Builders Handbook series featuring 137 pages of extremely descriptive instructions to create yet another 10 of our unique designs.
These designs include the following: Heavy Duty Lifter, Pneumatic Extender (scissor lift/extender), Drop Panels, Un-Dead Coffin (and erector mechanism), Thrashing Corpse, Thrashing Doors, The Mourner, Lightning Window, Air Cannons, & Pneumatic Web Shooter.The second edition was been in the makings for almost two years, so no expense has been spared in detailing every step, as well as the addition of a multitude of diagrams for every drilling pattern and questionable construction step. The second book also has far more pictures added (average of 2 per page) with much higher resolution prints. So the building process should be easy to follow even though the props are slightly more difficult.The book also has an in depth introduction to computer control and pneumatics, so not only will you have the instructions to build the prop, but the knowledge of it’s internal workings and a means of control.Price $40.00 (free shipping)


both-books DC Prop Book Bundle

Get Both DC Prop Book volumes 1 & 2 at an additional savings.

Price $75.00 (free shipping)



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DC 2008/2007 Haunt Video (DVD)
The 2008 video features 38 minutes of all of our newest concoctions, with additional control system and  daylight/behind the scenes footage.The 2007 video features 28 minutes of footage from the Award Winning 2007 DC Cemetery.All videos are professionally edited and include haunt footage, haunt footage with actual audio and behind the scenes shots of the cemetery and individual props. The video is composed on one high quality DVD, and are great for a mid year halloween fix.Price $18.00 Sale Price $12.00









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 DC 2005/2006 Haunt Video with bonus footage
  
The 2005/2006 video compelation features 90 minutes of all of our newest concoctions in the 2006 and 2005 seasons as well as a bunch of behind the scenes footage and news coverage.The video is professionally edited and includes haunt footage, haunt footage with actual audio and behind the scenes shots of the cemetery and individual props. The video is composed on one high quality DVD, and are great for a mid year halloween fix.

Price $12.00 Sale Price $8.00









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DC 2003/2004 Haunts (DVD)
The 2003 DC Haunt video includes 40 minutes of night, infrared, daylight, behind the scenes, and individual mechanic shots that are once again not only entertaining, but informative.2004 Features 30 minutes of all of our newest concoctions.The DC videos are a great compellation to both of the DC Prop Builders Handbooks, as well as imagery for inspiration.Both videos are on one high quality DVD, and are great for a mid year halloween fix.Price $12.00 Sale Price $8.00









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DC 2001/2002 Haunts (DVD)
2001 is DC’s earliest edited haunt footage. Great for showing how DC has progressed over the past 5 years.The 2002 DC Haunt video includes 32 minutes of night, infrared, daylight, behind the scenes, and individual mechanic shots that are not only entertaining, but informative.The DC videos are a great compellation to both of the DC Prop Builders Handbooks, as well as imagery for inspiration.Both videos are on one high quality DVD, and are great for a mid year halloween fix.Price $12.00 Sale Price $8.00









 

Raw Pneumatic Mechanisms



DC Light Lifter

(for lightweight props)The The DC Light Lifter was designed to animate simple props such as foam heads with masks, or upper body props that do not require alot of lifting force. The light lifter is engineered to operate a 20″ travel from a starting point of 10″ up to 30″ (lifter platform height).The light lifter is smaller and a much simpler design then the other lifters which makes it a great introductory armature for first time users that have wanted to get into haunting with air, but did not require large heavy duty mechanisms. Its simplistic design allows a lower price, while still achieving the strength, durability, and ease of use as the entire DC line of armatures.Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics.Kit includes everything needed to operate and control and ships
ready to run* out of the box.Commonly used behind tombstones or similar objects with smaller light weight (up to 25lbs) props.Includes mounting holes in base for easy mounting.Size 18″ x 12″ x 10″
Price $299.00









Add 2 output controller (BooBox 104s – with audio) & Infrared Sensor – Price $405.00










DC Medium Lifter

(for standard props)The DC Medium Lifter is the same mechanism as our heavy lifter,
but engineered to animate lighter props (up to 30-40 lbs safely)
from a starting point of 12″ up to 34″ (22″ of travel).This lifter is designed as an “all around” lifter for
haunt use, and can be used in a wide range of applications.The lifter lifts up, and comes forward toward the viewer, so this
is a perfect armature for use behind a bush, tombstone, or other
faced item.Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics.
Kit includes everything needed to operate and control and ships
ready to run* out of the box.Welded mounting brackets includedSize 26″ x 18″ x 12″
Price $380.00




DC Torso Erector
The DC torso lifter is a professional built erector that was built
to accommodate the common “bucky” Skeleton and give life(movement)
to a once static prop. The erector bolts safely around the spine of
the skeleton, and erects a bucky from a laying to sitting up position
(approximately 90 degrees).Perfect for use in coffins or mounted to the ground. Lifter must be
bolted or staked into onto a solid surface to ensure the armature
and prop remain in its desired location. Welded mounting tabs included.Due to the fragile nature of the “Bucky” skeletons, DC advises
that the skeleton (specifically the arms) be corpsed using latex and
cheese cloth to adhere the body together. Corpsing will greatly improve
the strength and life span of the skeleton. Works best with arms in
static position, such as attached to chest and will prevent flailing
arms and possible injury.Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics. Kit
includes everything needed to operate and control and ships ready
to run* out of the box. Also includes a “stopper” brace
to prevent un-desired strain on the cylinder.Bucky torso not included, but available.Approximate Size 20″ x 10″ x 6″
Price $330.00











DC Torso Erector
w/ Arm ExtensionThe DC torso erector with arm extensions is the same mechanism as the Torso Erector, but with an additional armature added to lift the arms from a resting position on the sides of the rib cage, to an outstretched reach in upwards (triggered) position.Due to the fragile nature of the “Bucky” skeletons, DC advises
that the skeleton (specifically the arms) be corpsed using latex and cheese cloth to adhere to the arm bars. Corpsing will greatly improve the strength and life span of the skeleton.Arms are adjustable at the elbows.Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics. Kit includes everything needed to operate and control and ships ready to run* out of the box. Also includes a “stopper” brace to prevent un-desired strain on the cylinder.Approximate Size 20″ x 16″ x 8″
Price $399.00




DC Barrel Lifter
The Barrel lifter is a modified lifter similar to our trash can
and wall mount lifters, but designed for use in a standard 55 gallon
steel drum. The lifter utilizes the barrels strength as its main
mounting surface and utilizes this support to minimize room within
the barrel, in turn allowing larger props to fit within the tight
space. Best of all it can be used (and was designed specifically
for) use under water.The lifter includes two welded mounting brackets that connect into
the barrels wall and approximately 40′ of tubing to route the valve
far away from the barrel. This setup includes a 12V valve setup
with 110V transformer, to minimize any risk of shock if used in
conjunction with water. However the wall mount
transformer must be placed away from and mounted securely to a wall,
away from areas that may come in contact with water.
Lifter provides 24″ of vertical movement measured from the
top of the mounting platform (designed to completely submerge a
full bucky torso).Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics.
Kit includes everything needed to operate and control and ships
ready to run* out of the box.Size 24″ x 16″ x 6″
Price $365.00











DC Trash Can Lifter
The DC Trash can lifter is similar to our medium duty lifter, but
designed to fit into standard sized trash cans.The base is designed to fit in between the formed base of the trash
can, while maximizing floor space for stability and mounting options.
The lifter bars fit within in the circumference of the trash can
throughout all movement while the base removes all strain from the
walls of the trash can.The tight confinements of a trash can were used during design of
this mechanism, and the lifter will provide the most usable space
of any mechanism on the market (or design out there).DC recommends mounting the lifter through the can into the ground,
but if that is not an option, adding weights to the platform base
will also keep the mechanism in place.Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics.
Kit includes everything needed to operate and control and ships
ready to run* out of the box.
Size 22″ x 10″ x 12″
Price $385.00









Add 2 output controller (BooBox 104s – with audio) & Infrared Sensor – Price $515.00










DC Vertical Mover
The DC Vertical Mover was designed for use in areas that only straight
up and down movement can be applied (ie. no 4 bar lifter mechanisms).The DC vertical mover is a vertical slide platform that provides
18″ of vertical movement, while removing all side to side movement
and stress that is placed on a cylinder rod during movement. The
mechanism houses a 17″ cylinder between two solid steel guides
that provide an extremely smooth movement with a very strong and
stable mounting surface(the travel on this
mechanism can be customized up to 48″ per clients request for
an additional charge)
.Commonly used inside wine barrels, or to lift partial coffins vertically.Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics.
Kit includes everything needed to operate and control and ships
ready to run* out of the box.Size 32″ x 8″ x 12″
Price $440.00









Add 2 output controller (BooBox 104s – with audio) & Infrared Sensor – Price $570.00









 



DC Horizontal Mover
The DC Horizontal Mover extends most light/mid weight props (up to
25lbs) horizontally 12″ at a slight angle to provide movement
to ground moving props such as spiders, ankle grabbing corpses, or
similar props. Originally designed to be used in holes or other low
light areas where the prop comes towards your viewers*.Built using 14 Gauge tubular steel and professional pneumatics (12
V valve with 110V standard power supply included). Kit includes everything
needed to operate and control and ships ready to run out of the box.This extender can be modified to extend up to 24″ for an additional
chargeSize 26″ x 12″ x 10″ Price $360.00* Never use this mover in close proximity to viewers.









Add 2 output controller (BooBox 104s – with audio) & Infrared Sensor – Price $490.00









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